The two-day Wagga Gold Cup carnival will kick off on Thursday, and Tumut trainer Kerry Weir has no less than seven runners nominated to race across the two days.
With 198 runners nominated for Thursday and 232 on Friday, getting a run will be hard enough, but Weir believes he had two big chances if they gain a start.
White Emperor will likely run in the 1600m maiden/class one on Thursday, and will be a chance if he runs up to his best.
The four-year-old was desperately unlucky last time out, when finishing hard and fast at Wagga over the mile, before he was nearly knocked through the fence in the final stages with Simon Miller in the saddle.
“White Emperor is going well. He was a certainty beaten at Wagga last start, he came from last and was poleaxed and nearly went through the fence,” Weir said.
“If he gets a run, he will go close.”
Another runner that could pop up for Weir on either day is Touchable Witness, who is nominated for the $30,000 1000m Maiden Handicap on Thursday and the $40,000 1200m Country Magic maiden on Friday.
“I know the maiden (Touchable Witness) didn’t do much the other day, but he is working the house down,” Weir said.
Thursday kicks off a big two days of Southern Districts racing, and the $200,000 Wagga Town Plate will headline the first day of the meeting.
The 1200m feature race has attracted 34 nominations, with trainers such as Bjorn Baker, David Pfieffer, John Thompson, Kody Nestor and Anthony and Sam Freedman taking on the best of the locals.
Gundagai trainer, David Blundell, has Thistledo nominated for the race, with the last-start Cowra winner returning from a short freshen up.
Additionally, Tumbarumba’s Graham Byatt will hope to see the former Trevor Sutherland runner, Real Key, returning from a spell in the same race.
Readers can pick up Friday’s edition of the Tumut and Adelong Times for an in-depth look in to Wagga the Wagga Gold Cup card and local chances.